In his role as senior policy associate, Austin supports Advance CTE’s state policy and implementation strategy by developing resources, briefs, case studies and fact sheets that elevate promising practices and promote high-quality CTE. He also serves on the New Skills for Youth national project team, supporting state efforts to expand and strengthen high-quality career pathways.
Austin also manages the CTE Virtual Institute, a virtual survey course on high-quality CTE. As the lead facilitator for the course, Austin guides participants through the key components of a meaningful CTE system. During his time at Advance CTE, Austin has led efforts related to industry-recognized credentials, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, rural CTE, measuring work-based learning, state CTE policy trends and more.
Before coming to Advance CTE, Austin worked for the Flamboyan Foundation, a DC-based nonprofit working to improve educational outcomes for students through family engagement. There, he learned the importance of education as a catalyst for creating change and closing equity gaps. Austin holds an MPP from American University and a BA in psychology from Florida Atlantic University.